AUSTSWIM Training Courses

AUSTSWIM Training Courses are designed for Australians who are passionate about teaching water safety and saving lives. Each course is specifically developed to educate the next generation of swimming teachers, and help to ensure the safety of students across Australia.

In a world-first, AUSTSWIM has been accredited against ISO/IEC 17024 for how our organisation accredits and licences AUSTSWIM Teachers. This positions our teachers above the rest and helps to ensure that an AUSTSWIM accreditation provides safer swimming and water safety lessons for students everywhere.
AUSTSWIM mascot pete the platypus giving a thumbs up.
There are a vast range of AUSTSWIM courses available, with many containing units of competency which are nationally recognised as a part of the Registered Training Organisation (TOID: 104975).

Diversify your career opportunities and join Australia’s best swimming teachers with the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety accreditation. AUSTSWIM Licensed Teachers have water safety experience that is second-to-none, helping to empower people and encourage active lifestyles.



The base level accreditation for becoming a swimming and water safety teacher is the AUSTSWIM Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety (TSW)
COST: $345 - $560
Two day course plus e-learning
and industry experience


Once a swimming and water safety teacher has gained the base level accreditation, extension courses can be undertaken to grow knowledge and experience and gain an additional accreditation that recognises the new skills gained.

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Infant and Preschool Aquatics (INF)

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Aquatics - Access and Inclusion (TAI)

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Adults (AD)

AUSTSWIM Teacher of Towards Competitive Strokes (TCS)
- No certificate of attainment



The benefits

Working as a teacher of swimming is a great way to get active, help others and enjoy a good work-life balance. The major benefits of an aquatics career include, but are not limited to:
Flexible hours

Teaching swimming is usually a casual job and therefore you aren’t bound to any permanent hours. This will allow you to have the flexibility to keep in touch with your family and friends or work around other commitments. Swimming lessons usually run in the evening from 3:00pm to 7:00pm.

Working with children

For many people, working with children is an extremely positive experience. Children are honest, creative, full of energy and will keep you on your toes. You can learn a lot from children and gain new perspectives on life.

Job satisfaction

Teaching a person and watching them develop over time as a more confident swimmer is one of the many benefits of becoming a Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety. Being a swimming teacher gives you countless opportunities to make a positive impact in the lives of others. Many of our successful teachers consider this one of the most rewarding jobs around.

Public speaking skills

The role involves talking to a range of different people which will allow you to naturally develop strong public speaking skills and your overall confidence.

Benefits of working at a pool

Working at a pool or leisure centre means that you’ll have access to the facilities on offer. From free pool access to gym access, you’ll be able to keep on top of your own fitness. You will also develop customer service skills, various soft skills, technical computer knowledge and be able to use point of sale software.


Image of swim teacher wearing a royal blue AUSTSWIM polo shirt. Smiling at the camera standing next to a pool with a bag over her shoulder.



AUSTSWIM accreditation is an ideal way to diversify your career opportunities and be a part of the most widely recognised and supported swimming and water safety network in Australia.

By becoming a teacher-in-training, AUSTSWIM will give you all the knowledge and resources necessary to better provide your community with swimming and water safety skills. We take great pride in helping candidates teach the principles and practices of water safety to their communities, creating a safer Australia – all while having fun.

Why choose AUSTSWIM?

By choosing AUSTSWIM Teachers you give your customers peace of mind that they will
receive the best learning experience with world class educators.

40 years experience

40+ years’
specialising in
teacher training


Courses developed
in collaboration
with industry
for industry

Trained course presenters

The best, most
trained course

Comprehensive skills

The most
knowledge, skills
and understanding


ISO17024 - the
only independently
verified training
and licensing

Training options

Most training
options to support
and grow your

Largest network

The largest network
of teachers,
candidates and
swim schools

Resources and Policies

Our Guidelines are devised by industry stakeholders in a consultative and transparent process and represent the collective opinion of the aquatics industry and a range of expert personnel across Australia.

Local government, education departments, teachers and consumers can be confident that AUSTSWIM trained and accredited educators are meeting the highest standards to foster safer aquatic participation.

This information centre contains application forms and material relevant to AUSTSWIM teachers, presenters and recognised swim schools.